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Entertaining with Cupcakes

Why is everyone loving cupcakes these days? It seems you can’t go anywhere without seeing those delectable, frosting-topped, moist, sweet, flavor-filled, bite-sized, mini wonder cakes of goodness.  Whoa… major craving alert.  I guess all this healthy eating for my new year’s resolution has really started to affect my brain! 🙂

But seriously, cupcakes have gotten really big in recent months… and not just in my own mind.  Some bakeries in town can’t keep them on the shelves.  People are snapping them up for bridal and baby showers.  Kids love them, so some parents have decided to forgo the requisite celebratory cake, and have provided a variety of “themed” cupcakes instead.  I have even seen a giant tiered “wedding cake”, made entirely out of cupcakes… now that is creative!

But when you think about it, cupcakes are perfect for entertaining.  They are small, compact desserts that can serve small and large appetites alike.  You can mix and match the flavors so that everyone can choose their favorite.  And since any color or theme is possible, they will readily fit into many different entertainment settings.

COOKBOOKS FOR CUPCAKES

There are some really good cupcake recipe books out there.  For lots of recipes and entertaining advice, try Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat.

For inspiration and advice for the newbie cupcake baker, check out the unbelievably amazing designs from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

CARRY ON

Now that you have your cupcakes you will need a way of carrying them to potlucks, picnics, parties, and your kid’s school.  The Cupcake Courier has THE BEST ratings on Amazon. 

It has a great design and can hold up to 36 cupcakes at a time in 3 stackable trays!  There are four locks on the bottom to keep everything safe, secure and fresh.  Also, you can remove the trays and use it as a cake carrier.  It comes in blue sky, petal pink, lemongrass, and saffron yellow.  (If you are purchasing from Canada, you can pick up the blue one here, and a white one here!)

SHOW OFF

Whether you purchase your cupcakes or make your own, you will still want to display them attractively to get the maximum effect.  This is where a cupcake stand will really pay off.  There are plastic ones and metal ones available.  Just be sure to take note of how many cupcakes you would like to display at once, how tall your cupcakes are (to make sure they will fit properly in the stand), and whether you have regular or mini cupcakes.  Here are a few stands that have good reviews on Amazon:

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – Wilton Wire Cupcake Stands (in Canada check out the 3-Tier Wire Stand and the 4-Tier Wire Stand)
#2 – Good Cook Cupcake Stacker
#3 – Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower (and in Canada find the Dessert Stand here)

TIP:  If you are looking for a stand for a wedding display (to have all cupcakes or a combination of cakes and cupcakes), then check out the Wilton Tall Tier Cupcake Tower/Stand Set.  You can use as many tiers as necessary, and, when decorated with flowers, can stand in for a wedding cake any day.

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